Michaela McGuire on why she's looking forward to having Sarah Perry as part of this year's Festival:

"Sarah Perry’s follow-up to the wildly successful The Essex Serpent is a feminist re-imagining of the 1820s gothic masterpiece Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin. Perry’s Melmoth is the loneliest woman in existence: a wraithlike figure who wanders the Earth “until she’s weary and her feet are bleeding”, forced to bear witness to all of humanity’s impossible violence and cruelty. In Sarah’s deft hands, Melmoth is powerful, gripping testament to the legacies of human atrocities, and a hopeful blueprint on how to make the best of our troubled world."

Find Sarah at Sydney Writers' Festival